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California Master Gardener Handbook
by Dennis R. Pittenger (Editor)

Review "Now there's a new bible on the block for home gardeners . . ." -- Holly Hayes, San Jose Mercury News, February 8, 2002

"Now there's a new bible on the block for home gardeners . . ." --Holly Hayes, San Jose Mercury News, February 8, 2002

Paperback: 702 pages Publisher: Univ of California Agriculture & Natural Resources (January 1, 2002) Language: English ISBN-10: 1879906546 ISBN-13: 978-1879906549 Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 1.7 inches Product Description This is the definitive guide to gardening in California! At over 700 pages, no other California gardening guide contains this depth of information. The California Master Gardener Handbook is an invaluable reference tool for all California gardeners. Chapters cover soil, fertilizer, and water management, plant propagation, plant physiology; weeds and pests; home vegetable gardening; specific garden crops including grapes, berries temperate fruits and nuts, citrus, and avocados. Also included is information on lawns, woody landscape plants, landscape design and developing problem-solving skills.

Price: $30.00
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Compost Production and Utilization: A Growers’ Guide
Author: Mark Van Horn

Practical information on the production and use of compost, including an understanding of the benefits of compost, the basic biological processes involved in its production, and a way to determine the mix of materials needed for a quality blend.

Publication Number: 21514 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English Copyright Date: 1995 Length: 19 pp.

Price: $5.00
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From the Farm to Your Table
Author: James Thompson, Adel Kader

Have you ever wondered how to pick out fresh fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, but you had no idea what you were looking for?

This colorful handbook will help you pick good-quality, healthy fruits and vegetables that are a vital part of your daily diet. You’ll learn why there is more to fruit and vegetable quality than meets the eye and how to handle your fresh fruits and vegetables at home to maintain their quality and safety.

You’ll also learn how growing and harvesting factors can effect quality and the effect of growing locations, produce handling methods, and the number of steps between production and retail markets.

Handy tables show you the steps between the field and your table, which fruits and vegetables should be stored in the refrigerator and which should be stored on the counter, what to look for when selecting produce at the market.

After reading this guide you will feel confident picking out your favorite produce items at the store or farmers’ market.

Publication Number: 21643 Author: James Thompson, Adel Kader Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-60107-610-6 Copyright Date: 2009 Length: 16 pp

Price: $7.00
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Healthy Roses, 2nd Edition
Author: J Karlik ,M L Flint, D Golino

This best-selling guide for the rose enthusiast has been revised. New in the second edition is an expanded section on cultural practices; including new information on establishment, irrigation, soil and nutritional requirements, and pruning. Also new is a discussion of the mossy rose gall and an expanded reference section.

By using this guide, you’ll learn how to identify problems, take action when appropriate, and recognize beneficial insects.

You’ll get sound advice on how to adapt Integrated Pest Management practices to the home garden -- methods of controlling pests and diseases using alternatives such as beneficial insects, traps and barriers, and less toxic pesticides such as soaps, oils and microbials. You’ll also learn about how to take preventative measures like careful selection of varieties, site selection and planting, proper watering, how and when to prune, and weed management.

This 35-page guide is profusely illustrated with 50 color photographs and includes handy tables on soil pH and nutrient levels.

Publication Number: 21589 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-60107-672-4 Copyright Date: 2009 Length: 35 pp.

Price: $10.00
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Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind
by Gene Logsdon

In his insightful new book, Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind, contrary farmer Gene Logsdon provides the inside story of manure-our greatest, yet most misunderstood, natural resource. He begins by lamenting a modern society that not only throws away both animal and human manure-worth billions of dollars in fertilizer value-but that spends a staggering amount of money to do so. This wastefulness makes even less sense as the supply of mined or chemically synthesized fertilizers dwindles and their cost skyrockets. In fact, he argues, if we do not learn how to turn our manures into fertilizer to keep food production in line with increasing population, our civilization, like so many that went before it, will inevitably decline.

With his trademark humor, his years of experience writing about both farming and waste management, and his uncanny eye for the small but important details, Logsdon artfully describes how to manage farm manure, pet manure and human manure to make fertilizer and humus. He covers the field, so to speak, discussing topics like:

•How to select the right pitchfork for the job and use it correctly
•How to operate a small manure spreader
•How to build a barn manure pack with farm animal manure
•How to compost cat and dog waste
•How to recycle toilet water for irrigation purposes, and
•How to get rid ourselves of our irrational paranoia about feces and urine. Gene Logsdon does not mince words. This fresh, fascinating and entertaining look at an earthy, but absolutely crucial subject, is a small gem and is destined to become a classic of our agricultural literature.

Pub. Date: August 2010 Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Format: Paperback , 272pp

Price: $17.50
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Knott's Handbook for Vegetable Growers
by Donald N. Maynard, George J. Hochmuth

Rooted in tradition, branching out to the future. For more than half a century, Knott's Handbook for Vegetable Growers has provided generations of commercial growers with the most timely, accessible, and useful information available on the subject. The Fifth Edition of this highly regarded horticultural mainstay provides readers with the reliable growing and marketing information they've come to expect, while including new and updated material throughout to maintain its relevance in our ever-changing world.

Filled with valuable information, largely in the form of tables and charts—from hard statistics on vegetable production and consumption to essential information for today's international markets, such as vegetable botanical names and vegetable names in nine languages—Knott's Handbook is part Farmer's Almanac, part encyclopedia, and part dictionary. It also provides detailed, practical specifics on planting rates, schedules, and spacing; soils and fertilizers; methods for managing crop pests; greenhouse vegetable and crop production; insect pest identification; harvesting and storage; and vegetable marketing.

Now available in a new flexible cover designed for ease of use on the desk or in the field, this valuable workhorse features new information on:

* World vegetable production
* Best management practices
* Organic crop production
* Food safety
* Pesticide safety
* Postharvest problems
* Minimally processed vegetables

Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated Pub. Date: October 2006 ISBN-13: 9780471738282 640pp Edition Description: Revised Edition Edition Number: 5

Price: $94.95
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Nursery Management
by Ian J. Mason

Nursery Management second edition is an introduction to setting up and running profitable and efficient nursery businesses covering production, wholesale and retail nurseries at various scales of operation.

The book discusses all the practical aspects of nursery management from site selection, production systems, and plant propagation through to materials and equipment. Conventional as well as non-chemical biological control measures for pests, weeds and disease control are included.

Management issues for production nurseries, wholesalers and retail nurseries are treated separately for each operation and cover products and services, budgeting, production management, work scheduling and staffing.

The chapter on marketing looks at the major changes that have taken place in the nursery industry, particularly the roles that landscapers, garden centres and hardware stores now play in retailing. It covers market research, promotions, distribution and consumer laws and shows the operator how to define the scope of their operation to fit their resources and how to sell their product for maximum return.

This accessible guide is essential reading for anyone considering entering the nursery industry, and for those already in the business.

Covers production, wholesale and retail nurseries Discusses practical aspects of site selection, disease control, production systems and equipment Explores marketing issues including distribution and relevant consumer law.

Pub. Date: November 2004 Publisher: CSIRO Publishing Format: Paperback, 320pp

Price: $49.95
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Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Crops—Third Edition
Author: Adel A. Kader

The Third Edition of the University of California's definitive manual on postharvest technology has been completely updated and expanded. Five new chapters cover consumer issues in quality and safety, preharvest factors affecting fruit and vegetable quality, waste management and cull utilization, safety factors, and processing methods. A new appendix presents a summary of optimal conditions and the potential storage life of 200 fruits and vegetables.

Edited by Adel Kader and written by 22 authors, including UC researchers, specialists, and faculty along with leading industry experts, the third edition weighs in at 535 pages. This is an invaluable resource for research professionals, quality control personnel, and postharvest biology students – anyone involved in the technology for handling and storing fresh fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals. The information in the manual is applicable worldwide. Postharvest Technology of Horticultural Cropsis illustrated with 154 color photos, 184 black-and-white photos, and 111 graphs and illustrations.

Publication Number: 3311 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-879906-51-8 Copyright Date: 2002 Length: 535 pp.

Price: $65.00
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Retail Garden Center Manual
Author: Dennis R. Pittenger

This study guide was written for individuals seeking to become California Certified Nursery Professionals (CCN Pros). Developed through a partnership between the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and the California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers (CANGC), this practical, easy-to-use manual covers important topics on basic horticulture, soil, fertilizer, and water management, plant problem diagnosis, integrated pest management, landscape design, and nursery sales. Also contains an appendix summarizing nursery laws and regulations, a glossary and an index.

From indoor plants to lawns – this is a valuable reference for any career professional in the garden retail trade. As the primary information source for home gardeners, well-trained staff knowledgeable in basic horticulture is important to retailers wanting to better meet their customer's needs.

Publication Number: 3492 Inventory Type: Paperback Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1-879906-747 Copyright Date: 2006 Length: 196 pp.

Price: $25.00
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Seeds: One Man's Serendipitous Journey to Find the Trees
by Richard Horan

Dear Richard,

I heard your excellent interview on NPR’s “On Point,” and have now read your marvelous book Seeds. Thank you for creating this beautiful testimony to the enduring inspiration of trees!

As an author myself, I have been profoundly influenced by trees. My trilogy, The Great Tree of Avalon, was inspired by a grand English Oak atop Boar’s Hill near Oxford. As an Oxford student in the 1970s, I spent many a lovely hour under that remarkable old tree (and also grew to know the foxes that had made their den in its roots). In addition, my novel The Ancient One was inspired by a night camping (illegally, I confess) among the great redwoods of Muir Woods outside San Francisco. And my chapter book for young children, Tree Girl, was truly the gift of two daughters who enjoy climbing in the branches of our apple trees in Boulder , Colorado.

As a small tip of the hat to you, I would like to send you signed copies of these books. Consider it a way of saying thanks to you for your engaging work.

With gratitude, T. A. Barron

Pub. Date: April 2011 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Format: Paperback , 384pp

Price: $14.99
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The California Vegetables in Garden and Field

The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science is pleased to announce the newest addition to our historical agricultural book series.

This marvelous edition features typography that mirrors the original text and layout, and wonderful photographs and endpapers meticulously reproduced from pristine copies of the rare first edition of this seminal book. Original notes, manuscripts, letters, photographs, articles, and newspaper clippings of this pioneer agronomist are included in the foreword and afterward written for this special edition.

"First published in 1897 by the Pacific Rural Press of San Francisco, The California Vegetables in Garden and Field, by Edward James Wickson (1848-1923), appeared midway in Wickson's foundational career as an agricultural writer and faculty member at the College of Agriculture at the University of California... this was Wickson's third of seven best-selling books, which were themselves only part of the cascade of phamplets, brochures, research papers, magazine articles, chapters in books by others, and editorial commentary in the Pacific Rural Press that poured fourth in astonishing profusion from Wickson in his half-century career as a newspaper reporter, agricultural association spokesman, magazine editor and columnist, and indefatigable researcher for the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of California. This extraordinary output--so elegantly written, so scientifically precise, so useful, and so pervasively effective across five decades--earned for Wickson in his lifetime high distinction as one of America's best-known agronomists." -- Kevin Starr

Price: $85.00
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The New Food Garden: Growing Beyond the Vegetable Garden
by Frank Tozer

This groundbreaking new book expands the concept of food gardening to embrace the whole garden. The new food garden is centered around the intensive vegetable garden, but doesn't stop there. It puts hedges, ponds, pathways, arbors, lawns, roofs, and walls to work as additional growing space for food plants. Fruit and nut trees, bush fruit, edible vines, perennial vegetables, herbs, annual crops, aquatic plants, weeds, and edible wild plants are used to increase the quantity and variety of foods available with little extra work. The author doesn't just look upon the garden as a place to grow food, however; it is a place to be lived in and used, so he also concentrates on making it beautiful, comfortable, and efficient. He describes practical ways in which the garden can help us to reduce our impact on the earth. Included is advice on making the garden pay for itself, or even to provide an income. The author's ultimate aim is to change the way we approach the garden so that it feeds, heals, and nurtures us. The productive garden should be an integral part of the home, and growing food should be a part of everyday life.

Pub. Date: December 2010 Publisher: Green Man Publishing Format: Paperback , 360pp

Price: $29.95
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The New Vegetable Growers Handbook

The New Vegetable Growers Handbook is an updated version of Frank Tozer's acclaimed book The Vegetable Growers Handbook. Like the original, it covers every aspect of growing all of the common crops (and a number of uncommon ones). As a long-time home gardener, the author knows exactly what information you need to succeed and presents it in a clear, thorough, and even entertaining fashion. There are step-by-step instructions on soil preparation, variety selection, raising transplants, direct sowing, watering, protection, harvesting, storage, seed saving, and much more. He doesn’t just tell you what to do and when to do it, he also tells you why, by explaining in detail how crops grow and why they sometimes don't. The original book received high marks from reader reviewers, with comments like "fantastic," "my gardening bible," and "this book provides more detailed and easy-to-read information on individual crops than any other gardening book I've seen." This new, revised edition has been expanded by 50 percent, with more information on more crops, with the aim of creating the most useful and practical book on vegetable gardening available anywhere.

Price: $27.95
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